Meet our authors

Our authors are among the leading and best-qualified mental health experts in their field and our books are recommended to thousands of people by NHS psychologists.

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Dawn Baker

Dawn is the author of Overcoming Depersonalization and Feelings of Unreality, along with Elaine Hunter, Emma Lawrence, Anthony David, Nick Medford and Mauricio Sierra. She is a chartered psychologist and trained CBT therapist. She has worked at the Depersonalisation Research Unit at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London, developing a psychological model of depersonalization disorder, as well as treatment and management strategies. She also works as a clinical health psychologist for a mental health trust in central London. [Top of page]

Alex Blaszczynski

Professor Blaszczynski is the author of Overcoming Compulsive Gambling. He is a practising clinical psychologist, and is Professor of Psychology at the School of Psychology, University of Sydney, Australia. He previously worked as a member of the Psychiatry Research and Teaching Unit at the School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales. [Top of page]

Lee Brosan

Dr Brosan is the author of An Introduction to Coping with Anxiety and An Introduction to Coping with Depression, along with Brenda Hogan, and An Introduction to Coping with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She is a Consultant Psychologist, and Head of the Psychological Treatment Service in Cambridge. She is an Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge. She and her colleagues have created a pioneering service in primary care based on self-help approaches to help alleviate a range of common psychological problems. [Top of page]

Mary Burgess

Dr Burgess, author of Overcoming Chronic Fatigue, has worked as a therapist in the area of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) for more than ten years. She is both a clinician and a researcher, at Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine in London. Much of her research has been into ways of bringing treatment to CFS patients who, because of their illness, have difficulty attending her clinics. She is currently working as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist at the School's Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research and Treatment Unit. [Top of page]

Gillian Butler

Dr Butler is the author of Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness and the Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness Self-help Course. She is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society. And she practises in the NHS as well as working for the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre (OCTC). Her specific interests lie in social anxiety, phobia and shyness, and the use of CBT for the treatment of traumatic experiences in childhood. [Top of page]

Catherine Carus

Catherine Carus is the author of Overcoming Chronic Pain, along with Frances Cole, Helen Macdonald and Hazel Howden-Leach. She is a registered physiotherapist currently teaching at the University of Bradford, and she specializes in the assessment and management of musculoskeletal conditions. [Top of page]

Trudie Chalder

Professor Chalder is the author of Overcoming Chronic Fatigue, along with Mary Burgess. She is currently Professor of CBT and Director of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research and Treatment Unit at King’s College, London. She has worked as a researcher and clinician in the area of CFS in adults and children for about 19 years. She and her colleagues developed the CBT treatment of CFS, which has been evaluated in a number of clinical research trials with positive outcomes. [Top of page]

Frances Cole

Frances ColeDr Frances Cole is the author of Overcoming Chronic Pain, along with Helen Macdonald, Catherine Carus and Hazel Howden-Leach. She is a GP and cognitive therapist. In 1996 she developed a primary care-run pain rehabilitation programme and continues to develop her interest in chronic pain management. [Top of page]

 

Peter Cooper

Professor Peter J. Cooper is the author of the CBT guide Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating. Peter is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Reading and also holds an Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychology position in the NHS. [Top of page]

Cathy Creswell

Cathy CreswellDr Creswell is the author of Overcoming Your Child’s Fears and Worries and Overcoming Your Child’s Shyness and Social Anxiety, along with Lucy Willetts. Cathy is a clinical psychologist and research fellow at the University of Reading. Since her clinical training, Cathy has worked with children and families in a range of mental health settings such as GP practices, hospitals and a child and adolescent mental health team. She has completed a PhD on the development of anxious thinking styles in children and adolescents. She has been based at the University of Reading for three years, where she conducts research and provides treatment for children with anxiety problems and their families. [Top of page]

 

Michael Crowe

Dr Crowe, author of Overcoming Relationship Problems, was a founder member of both the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) and the Institute of Family Therapy in London. He worked as a psychiatrist for almost 30 years at the Maudsley Hospital, London, and was honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry (Kings College, London). He now works in private practice and continues to teach and lecture. [Top of page]

Anthony David

Professor David is the author of Overcoming Depersonalization and Feelings of Unreality, along with Dawn Baker, Elaine Hunter, Emma Lawrence. Nick Medford and Mauricio Sierra. He was appointed Consultant Psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London, in 1990. He was awarded personal chair of the Institute in 1996 and was, until recently, Chairman of the British Neuropsychiatry Association. In 1998 he set up the first clinic for depersonalization disorder in the UK (the Depersonalisation Research Unit). [Top of page]

William Davies

Dr William Davies, a practising chartered clinical psychologist and a one-time prison psychologist, is the Academic Director of APT, the Association for Psychological Therapies, and a consultant psychologist at the BUPA Hospital, Leicester. He is the author of the Overcoming Anger and Irritability self-help guide. [Top of page]

Colin Espie

Colin Espie, Overcoming Insomnia and Sleep ProblemsProfessor Colin Espie, the author of Overcoming Insomnia and Sleep Problems, is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Sleep Research Laboratory at the University of Glasgow. He is a leading member of the British Sleep Society and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. [Top of page]

 

 

Melanie Fennell

Melanie FennellDr Fennell is the author of Overcoming Low Self-Esteem and the Overcoming Low Self-Esteem Self-Help Course. She currently works as the Director of an advanced cognitive therapy course, which is a collaborative venture between the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre (OCTC) and Oxford University. One of the first clinician researchers to introduce cognitive therapy to the UK, she was a founder member of the OCTC, an internationally recognised centre of excellence in cognitive therapy and training. As a member of research teams in the Oxford University Department of Psychiatry, Melanie contributed to the development and evaluation of cognitive treatment for a range of emotional problems. A recognised expert on low self esteem with an interest in depression, she has run many workshops and presented research papers at major international conferences. [Top of page]

 

Vicki Ford

Vicki FordVicki is the author of Overcoming Sexual Problems. She works as a counsellor and psychosexual therapist in private practice and supervises psychosexual therapists at the counselling organisation Relate. She is accredited by the BABCP and the British Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy, and is registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. She has worked on counselling programmes for many years in further and higher education. [Top of page]

 

Christopher Freeman

Chris Freeman is a Consultant Psychiatrist, Consultant Psychotherapist, and Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh Medical School. He is one of the UK's leading authorities on eating disorders. He based Overcoming Anorexia Nervosa upon a manual he developed for AN patients being treated at his Eating Disorders Clinic at The Cullen Centre, The Royal Edinburgh Hospital. [Top of page]

Daniel Freeman

Daniel FreemanDr Freeman is the author of Overcoming Paranoid and Suspicious Thoughts, along with Philippa Garety and Jason Freeman. He is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at King’s College, London, and an Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the South London and Maudsley NHS trust. He is an internationally renowned researcher within London’s Institute of Psychiatry. [Top of page]

 

Jason Freeman

Jason is author of Overcoming Paranoid and Suspicious Thoughts, along with Daniel Freeman and Philippa Garety. He is an experienced writer and has spent twelve years working as an editor in academic publishing. [Top of page]

Mark Freeston

Professor Freeston is the author of Overcoming Worry. He is Director of Research and Training at the Newcastle Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies Centre and Honorary Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Durham. He is also Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Newcastle. He divides his time between NHS duties, where he directs the Newcastle Diploma in Cognitive Therapy, and the University of Newcastle. He has published over 80 papers, mainly in the field of intrusive thoughts and worry and on the formulation and treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. He regularly provides workshops on the cognitive behavioural treatment of these disorders. He chaired the Guideline Development Group for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Body Dysmorphic Disorder for the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) from 2003 to 2005. [Top of page]

Philippa Garety

Professor Garety is the author of Overcoming Paranoid and Suspicious Thoughts, along with Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman. She is Professor of Clinical Psychology at King’s College, London, and Head of Psychology in the South London and Maudsley NHS trust. She is an internationally renowned researcher based at the Institute of Psychiatry, London, as well as a practising clinical psychologist. [Top of page]

Jeremy Gauntlett-Gilbert

Dr Gauntlett-Gilbert is the author of Overcoming Weight Problems, along with Clare Grace. Until very recently he worked at London’s only specialist NHS clinic for overweight people. He is a clinical psychologist and his areas of special interest are weight issues and chronic pain. [Top of page]

Paul Gilbert

Professor Gilbert is the author of Overcoming Depression and the audio CD Overcoming Depression: Talks With Your Therapist. He is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and Director of the Mental Health Research Unit, Derbyshire Mental Health Trust. [Top of page]

Clare Grace

Dr Grace is the author of Overcoming Weight Problems, along with Jeremy Gauntlett-Gilbert. Until very recently she worked at London’s only specialist NHS clinic for overweight people. She is a dietician and is currently based at Queen Mary’s, University of London, undertaking a research project exploring perceptions and understanding of diabetes risk in the local Bangladeshi community. [Top of page]

Claudia Herbert

Claudia is the author of Overcoming Traumatic Stress. She is Director of the Oxford Development Centre and the Oxford Stress and Trauma Centre and is a professor at the Institute of Cognitive Science in Grosetto, Italy. [Top of page]

Brenda Hogan

Dr Hogan is the author of An Introduction to Coping with Anxiety and An Introduction to Coping with Depression, along with Lee Brosan, and An Introduction to Coping with Phobias. She is a clinical psychologist who previously worked at the Primary Care Psychological Treatment Service in Cambridge. She has since moved to Vancouver, Canada, where she continues her work in psychological assessment and the provision of brief psychological treatment for anxiety and depression. Brenda and her colleagues have created a pioneering service in primary care based on self-help approaches to help alleviate a range of common psychological problems. [Top of page]

Hazel Howden-Leach

Hazel Howden-Leach is the author of Overcoming Chronic Pain, along with Frances Cole, Helen Macdonald and Catherine Carus. She works at the University of Liverpool’s School of Tropical Medicine as Educational Technologist/Technical Advisor, with respect to the development of health-related educational materials. [Top of page]

Elaine Hunter

Dr. Elaine Hunter is the author of Overcoming Depersonalization and Feelings of Unreality, along with Dawn Baker, Anthony David, Emma Lawrence and contributing authors Nick Medford and Mauricio Sierra. She is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and specialist in CBT. She has worked at the Depersonalisation Research Unit where she developed a CBT model of depersonalization disorder. She currently works in the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and continues to research and treat people with depersonalization disorder. [Top of page]

Matthew Johnstone

Matthew is the author of I Had a Black Dog. He is an artist, writer and exhibited photographer. New Zealand-born, he has worked in advertising in Sydney, San Francisco and New York. He now resides in Sydney with his wife and daughter. I Had a Black Dog offers an illuminating, moving and ultimately uplifting first-hand account of what it is like to live with depression. [Top of page]

Helen Kennerley

Dr Kennerley is the author of Overcoming Anxiety, the Overcoming Anxiety Self-Help Course and Overcoming Childhood Trauma. She qualified in Clinical Psychology at Oxford, where she also trained to become a cognitive therapist. She is one of the founder members of the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre (OCTC). Currently, she works as a consultant within OCTC, where she is the lead clinician of a specialist clinic in cognitive therapy. Helen has presented many workshops in her area of expertise both nationally and internationally. In 2002 she was shortlisted by the British Association for Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapies for the award for most influential female cognitive therapist in Britain. [Top of page]

Emma Lawrence

Emma LawrenceEmma is the author of Overcoming Depersonalization and Feelings of Unreality, along with Dawn Baker, Anthony David, Elaine Hunter, Nick Medford and Mauricio Sierra. She is an experimental psychologist working at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London, and Associate Lecturer for the Open University’s cognitive psychology module. She was runner-up in the 2002 New Scientist essay competition, and has twice been awarded the Public Engagement with Psychology grant by the British Psychological Society. [Top of page]

 

Helen Macdonald

Helen MacdonaldHelen Macdonald is the author of Overcoming Chronic Pain, along with Frances Cole, Catherine Carus and Hazel Howden-Leach. She is a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist and obtained a Master’s Degree in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, with a dissertation examining the effectiveness of assisted self-help for chronic pain. She was recognized as a Chartered Health Psychologist in March 2004. [Top of page]

 

Vijaya Manicavasagar

Vijaya is the author of Overcoming Panic and the Overcoming Panic and Agoraphobia Self-help Course, along with Derrick Silove. She is Senior Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor at the Black Dog Institute, School of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales in Australia. As the Director of Psychological Services at the Black Dog Institute, she’s responsible for developing and implementing a range of education programs for training mental health professionals in the diagnosis and the use of CBT for anxiety and depressive disorders. She has specialized in the development of cognitive behaviour therapy programmes and co-authored several treatment manuals. [Top of page]

David Marks

Professor Marks is the author of Overcoming Your Smoking Habit. He is Professor of Psychology at City University, London. He has been involved in studying the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy for quitting smoking for over 25 years, and has conducted clinical trials, published journal articles and developed the QUIT FOR LIFE Programme. [Top of page]

Nick Medford

Nick Medford is a contributing author to Overcoming Depersonalization and Feelings of Unreality. He is a clinical psychiatrist working at the Depersonalisation Research Unit at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. Dr Medford worked in neurology before training in psychiatry at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. [Top of page]

Kevin Meares 

Dr Meares is coauthor of Overcoming Worry, he is a consultant clinical psychologist and a cognitive-behavioural therapist. He works for the NHS at the Newcastle Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy Centre offering therapy to adults with a range of psychological problems, specialising in anxiety disorders. He supervises trainee clinical psychologists and cognitive therapists. He is an experienced trainer, regularly leading workshops on CBT. His research interests focus on rumination and worry and he has a particular interest in post-traumatic stress disorder. [Top of page]

Sue Morris

Sue Morris, Overcoming GriefSue Morris is the author of Overcoming Grief. She is a CBT-trained clinical psychologist who currently works in private practice in Sydney, Australia, specialising in bereavement. Between 2004 and 2007 Sue ran the Bereavement Department at the Old Colony Hospice in Boston, USA, where she developed and facilitated a six-week support programme for the recently bereaved. Sue recently returned to Australia. She has co-authored four self-help books about relationships and motherhood.

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 Jan Scott

Jan Scott, an internationally renowned expert in the use of CBT in the treatment of depression and bipolar disorder, is the author of Overcoming Mood Swings. Head of Glasgow University’s Department of Psychiatry, she is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapists. She is also a trustee of the Mental Health Foundation. [Top of page]

Mauricio Sierra

Mauricio Sierra is a contributing author to Overcoming Depersonalization and Feelings of Unreality. He is a clinical psychiatrist working at the Depersonalisation Research Unit at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. Dr Sierra originally qualified in Colombia and did his PhD on depersonalization at Cambridge University. [Top of page]

Derrick Silove

Professor Silove is the author of Overcoming Panic and the Overcoming Panic and Agoraphobia Self-help Course, along with Vijaya Manicavasagar. He is a clinical psychiatrist and Director of the Centre for Population Mental Health Research and the Psychiatry Research and Teaching Unit at the School of Psychiatry, the University of New South Wales. He has worked for many years in the area of anxiety and traumatic stress, his main area of clinical work, research, service development and teaching. [Top of page]

Marcantonio Spada

Marcantonio Spada, the author of Overcoming Problem Drinking, is a professor of psychological therapies at London South Bank University in conjunction with North East London NHS Foundation Trust. He is a practising clinician with extensive experience of working with problem drinkers, and a consultant cognitive behavioural therapist with the Community Alcohol and Drugs Service of the London Borough of Brent. [Top of page]

David Veale

Dr Veale is the author of Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Manage Your Mood, along with Rob Willson. He is a consultant psychiatrist in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Priory Hospital, North London. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. He is an accredited cognitive behaviour therapist and President of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies 2006—8. He has about 50 publications to his name, accessible through his website www.veale.co.uk. He has been helping people with depression and anxiety disorders for more than 15 years. [Top of page]

Ann Wetmore

Ann Wetmore, Overcoming Traumatic StreesAnn Wetmore is the author of Overcoming Traumatic Stress, along with Claudia Herbert. She is a registered psychologist practising in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She specialises in treating adults experiencing traumatic life events, transitions, and/or major stressors. Since 2001, she has held an Adjunct Assistant Professor appointment in the Clinical Psychology Department at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

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Lucy Willetts

Lucy WillettsDr Willetts is the author of Overcoming Your Child’s Fears and Worries and Overcoming Your Child’s Shyness and Social Anxiety, along with Cathy Creswell. Lucy is a clinical psychologist who has worked for the NHS in Reading since completing her clinical training 11 years ago. She currently spends part of her time in the Department of Paediatrics at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, working with children with physical health problems. The rest of her time is spent running the Anxiety Disorders Research Clinic at the University of Reading, which she set up in 2002. The joint NHS/University clinic offers assessment and treatment to children and adolescents with a range of anxiety problems. Lucy has recently completed a PhD investigating the role of family in the development of childhood anxiety. [Top of page]

 

Rob Willson

Rob is the author of Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Manage Your Mood, along with David Veale. He is a cognitive behavioural therapist in private practice. He also works as a tutor at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He holds an honours degree in Psychology, an MSc in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy and a Postgraduate Diploma in Social and Behavioural Health Studies. He has been involved in treating people with depression and anxiety for the past twelve years. [Top of page]

Charles Young

Charles YoungDr Young is the author of An Introduction to Coping with Health Anxiety, along with Brenda Hogan, and An Introduction to Coping with Panic. He is a chartered counselling psychologist who works at the Primary Care Psychological Treatment Service in Cambridge. Much of his work involves the provision of brief psychological approaches to alleviate anxiety and depression. He helped to develop a pioneering service in primary care based on self-help approaches to help alleviate a range of common psychological problems.

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